Dear Patience, I say thank you


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I sought your smile among the crowds,

It was the brightest of them all.

I sought you face among the crowds,

It was the cutest of them all.

You had me without even trying

 

I have learnt to love again

In the process to live again as well

You showed me what love is

I am glad to call you mine

You had me without even trying

 

I love you Patience,

Patience was all I had while I waited

While I prayed, Patience was all I received

You are my beloved, my Patience.

You had me without even trying

We are the perfect couple, we’re just not in the perfect situation.”

 

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#UgBlogWeek What shall we name this one?


Do not get your hopes up about this post. I am multitasking – replying emails as I blog. I suck at multitasking. My attention can only be steady when focused on one. I have just finished reading the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I do not know what took me so long to read this book.
We are just on the third of #UgBlogWeek and I cannot keep up anymore. The blogs are too many. Guys, thank you for blogging!

Thank you

I can not seem to remember what it is that I planned to blog about. My notes have gone missing from the notebook. Or maybe, I did not even write anything down. Am I dreaming?
After reading the Alchemist, there has been a shift in the way I look at life. I have learnt that happiness is choice that I must make everyday.
I must read more. I have just picked up The World-Tilting Gospel by Dan Phillips. I hope to finish it before the week ends. This book was recommended by work colleague.

It is almost 5:00 pm.

I will tell you more tomorrow.

World Food Day 2015, hellofood launches campaign “You Say. We Give” to fight hunger


Today is World Food Day – an annual day of action against hunger. Every year on that day, people around the world come together for a common cause: to contribute to the eradication of hunger. It all began in 1945 in Quebec with the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to raise awareness and engage people in the fight against hunger.

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World Food Day

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Based on FAO’s research, 805 million people, one in nine worldwide, live with chronic hunger. 60% of these are women, while almost 5 million children under the age of 5 die of malnutrition-related causes every year.

In honour of this day, food ordering app hellofood launches “You Say. We Give”, a week-long campaign to encourage collective efforts and be part of this global movement.

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From the 16th to the 22nd of October, hellofood will be collecting its customers’ wishes. One can choose between 5 stock food items (rice, beans, flour, sugar and maize) simply by commenting on the Facebook post. hellofood will donate 1kg of that on his/her behalf to the Elohim Child Development Center. If the post is shared, hellofood will double the donation. So, the more people speak, the more hellofood gives.

With one simple click, hellofood will donate one kilo of food to the Elohim Child Development Center. Giving has never been so easy. Join the global movement to end one of the most persistent universal challenges. Be part of the solution and make a tangible difference with hellofood.

About hellofood

Hellofood and its affiliate brand foodpanda group is the leading global online food delivery marketplace, active in 40 countries on five continents. The company enables restaurants to become visible in the online and mobile world and provides them with a constantly evolving online technology. For consumers, hellofood offers the convenience to order food online and the widest gastronomic range, from which they can choose their favorite meal on the web or via the app. hellofood operates in Brazil, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Nigeria, Morocco, Kenya, Ghana, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Algeria. Delivery Club operates in Russia. NetPincer in Hungary, Donesi in Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro, and Pauza in Croatia, Room Service in Malaysia and Singapore, City Delivery in Philippines, Food By Phone in Thailand, Koziness and Dial-a-Dinner in Hong Kong, Eatoye in Pakistan, and 24h in UAE. foodpanda operates in India, Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Russia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Georgia.

About World Food Day

World Food Day is the annual day of action against hunger taking place on the 16th of October. It began in 1945 in Quebec and the last 15 years great progresses have been achieved: 40 countries have halved the proportion of people who suffer from hunger; the likelihood of a child dying before age five has also been cut in half, which means about 17,000 children are saved every day; and extreme poverty rates have also been cut in half.

When we work to end childhood hunger, we are giving our love to kids who need it so much they will never ask for it.” Beau Bridges

Thank you Susan!


Dear Patience,

How are you? Have you adjusted to the cold? I miss you more everyday. JJ asked me why you went away, I told him you will call him. Make sure you do.
He says he wants a photo of you in Bulaya!

The rains have started again. Kampala is getting cooler by the day. of course, the sunshine does not give up easily. It gets its way always.
Today, I want to tell you about Susan.

The first time I met Susan was in July 2014. She was interviewing me for a job I badly needed. She was with her husband during the interview and I liked the way he let her take charge of the entire interview. From the many questions she asked me that day, only one remained in my head for a long time after. It is a question many prospective employers ask their would-be or soon-to-be employees. The question is”Where do you see yourself in the next 5 or 10 or more years?”
I do not remember what my answer was to the question that day. However, I do remember that I was not prepared for the question (if anyone is out there and has a perfectly correct answer to the question, get in touch) and I was quite shocked. I stumbled back and back and forth and talked about my love for nature, food etc. Totally unconnected!

He has the perfectly correct answer!

He has the perfectly correct answer!

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I did get the job! In the course of my time at the company, Susan and I did discuss about my future plans both personally and professionally at length.
Very informative and fun-filled discussions we had. I must add that Susan is amazing at reading people. She knew my sad and happy moments effortless.
Patience, you must be wondering why I have started using the past tense. I will tell you. Susan left the company a few months ago. It was sad to see her go. I lost a boss (she hates being called boss). So I will rephrase, I lost a friend.

Susan, this is for you;

Thank you for being my boss and also my friend,
Thank you for all the advice and counsel you gave, I benefited a lot,
Thank you for taking the time to listen to me.

I wish you only the best that life has to give,
May you continue to infect those who meet with your radiance,
May you be more!

I wish you joy, love and happiness,
May the sun rise to meet you as you awake,
May God’s blessing keep you warm when the days turn grey.

Be more!

Thank you again!

Thank you again!

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Patience, when you meet Susan you will know that what I write is just an observation. She is beyond my description.

I love you Patience, I always will.

There is no sunshine when she is gone


Dear Patience,

I hope that you are well over there. I read that it is not as cold as you expected, I hope you like that.
The sun shines in Kampala but in my heart it is winter. I miss you Patience.

Someone sung that thee is no sunshine when she is gone, that guy is right. Bamuwe kyanywa! The days are long and the nights longer… I toss and turn hoping that at least I can asleep for 1 hour, It seems like yesterday when I kissed your soft lips at the airport. You blushed and whispered that people were looking at us. I looked at you and told you how I did not care if they were looking.

I took Max to the vet over the weekend. He has not been eating his meals. The doctor said he has an infection in the intestines. He is due for an operation. I am scared for him. I know he will be fine, he is tough dog. We have been through a lot together. This week, I will be alone in the apartment.

Patience, I miss you. I miss your kisses. I work out more and I read more so that I can kill the time. If I have these 100 days, surely I will make it through the rest. Being alone in the house has brought me closer to me. I am getting used to the fact that I do not have to be gloomy because you are away. You wouldn’t want that, would you?

I go to church too. I pray and I have renewed my commitment to serve the Lord.

Till then, I am always yours!

Love you more than I admit…..

Still waiting

Still waiting

Missing someone gets easier everyday because even though you are one day further from the last time you saw them, you are one day closer to the next time you will.

Life as it is…


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“We could be more than friends…..” Those were her last words as she walked out of my apartment. It has been 8 days and she has not picked my calls, replied any of my texts or emails. I am still asking myself what she meant. I do not know if I should be worried or happy.

You have all met Patience in my previous posts. Patience and I have been friends for 6 years and 5 months. You could say we are the best of friends… She reads my thoughts and I am most free when we are together. Like all friendships, we have had our moments. We quarreled, called each other names that no one can dare say in daylight. But we persevered through it all. We have not yet killed each other!

Recently, Patience’s sister wedded and in the past couple of months we have been invited to wedding meetings and weddings than I can remember.  Could that be the genesis of the statement?  Or maybe I am just dreaming?

I could have been friend zoned…

I hope to find out this weekend. Till then, I remain your truly the happiest bachelor in Kampala! Maybe new shoes, will be the answer to my dilemma.

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Have a nice weekend!

Coming Back to the Start


We have come to the end of the month. Every time, I start to blog, I wonder whether I should start with a title or it should come after. So far, this has not got a title yet. By the time, you read this, it will have one. Anyway, enough about titles. On to serious stuff now: Let us take a look at what happened in September.

 On top of the list is the terror attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. The Al-Shaabab claimed responsibility. They chose a Saturday to unleash their deadly havoc on hapless and innocent shoppers at the mall. The results are still felt to date. A lot of lives were lost and many people were seriously injured. But Kenya rose above it all.

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However, more than a week later, a lot of people are still missing and the Kenyan government has not yet provided the answers that we seek.  I continue to pray for the peaceful rest of the souls of the departed ones. To the injured, I wish you a speedy recovery. May the good Lord find you.

Back home in Uganda, the registration of bodabodas has only become a news byte. The authorities and the riders are yet to agree on terms and conditions. Till then, we are watching and waiting.

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This next paragraph is dedicated to my amazingly wonderful friend SavvyKenya. I love you more than I can express on these pages. I promised to continue blogging. I will keep my fingers on the keyboard.

To my brother, Lloyd, this is blog #1, start counting….

The teachers went on strike demanding for a payrise that had been promised to them. This affected the beginning of the 3rd term. The strike was countrywide. Even though, the government and the teachers seem to have reached an understanding, it is still not clear what the teachers will do next.

The rains are here. This means that most of our roads will disappear as is the norm.

In October, there are few things that I have to accomplish and I hope to do so:

  1. 1.      Mavuno Church

I promised Lloyd and Brenda that I would pay a visit to  Mavuno Church. I have only been up to the doorstep of the church. This month, I am stepping in.

  1. 2.       Kigali

I have not seen my folks in Kigali in a very long time. Very soon, I will be with you guys.  The ticket is bought and the bag is packed. Here, I come…

  1. 3.       Kisaasi

After staying in Ntinda for the last 7 years, it looks like Kisaasi will soon be my new home. We are still working on  a few finishing touches.

  1. 4.      Better

Every month, I promise to be better professionally, morally, spiritually and financially. However, I do this behind closed and whisper it to God. This time, I am making a public announcement.

I think this should have been on top of the October to-do list.

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.Theodore Roosevelt

  1. 5.       Project Fame VI

Tusker, the sponsors of Project Fame 1 to 5, are at it again. This year, they have promised a bigger and better season. Sit still and watch.

I should be paid for this ad…

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